Stateline explores why some insurance exchanges function well and others -- including the one operated by the federal government -- are struggling. Meanwhile, California Democrats say a lookalike GOP health insurance website is confusing consumers and Maryland faces a self-imposed mid-December deadline to repair its site.
The White House asks two top North Carolina Democrats to urge Gov. Pat McCrory and state lawmakers to reconsider a health law provision to cover more low income people. Meanwhile, Ohio reports that more than 1,100 residents signed up for Medicaid on the first day a signup site went live.
Duke University has received a grant of up to $2.9 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to produce an HIV vaccine candidate that will be tested in humans.
Immunologists Barbara A. Osborne and Lisa M. Minter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as part of a multi-institution research team, will share a five-year, $4.8 million National Cancer Institute grant to target multiple diseases including cancer, Alzheimer's and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) by manipulating an enzyme that activates over 100 different protein substrates in the body.
Indulgences abound during the holidays—from family gatherings to parties with friends and even stockings stuffed with goodies from Santa. For children with diabetes, overindulging on the delicacies of the season could result in more than a stomach ache, it could mean a trip to the emergency room.
Dry skin is a common problem during the winter and its effects can be painful - causing the skin to flake, itch, crack and even bleed. Yet dermatologists say there are ways people can find relief by implementing a few changes to their daily lives.
Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics, a leading patient education organization, is partnering with the Association of Asthma Educators and the American Academy of Physician Assistants in Allergy, Asthma & Immunology as part of its endeavor to build the only multidisciplinary, patient-centered network of healthcare professionals focused on allergy and asthma care.
Older men who have low levels of vitamin B12 have a higher risk of having fractures. These are the findings of researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy as a part of an international study of a total of 1000 older men.
Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that PRIME, its phase II clinical trial of the investigational drug AVP-923 (dextromethorphan / quinidine) for the treatment of central neuropathic pain in patients with multiple sclerosis did not meet the primary efficacy endpoint.
The State of Arizona has made a critical change to how it provides services to its most vulnerable populations. This approach favors a whole health integrated care model where one organization is responsible for providing both physical and behavioral health care services. To meet this best practice model, Cenpatico of Arizona and The University of Arizona Health Network have partnered to bring the behavioral and physical health systems together.
A scoring system known as the supraglottic index is valuable in assessing patients with asthma complicated by laryngopharyngeal reflux, researchers report.
Adults with first-episode psychosis who report childhood trauma tend to have poorer social functioning than those without such a history, a prospective study has shown.
Patients who believe their bipolar disorder is inherited tend to have a positive approach to coping with their condition, research suggests.
PointBreak trial results suggest that pemetrexed- and paclitaxel-based chemotherapy offer comparable survival outcomes and tolerability for patients with advanced nonsquamous non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) but with differing toxicity profiles.
The need for biosimulation is primarily to do with the very high attrition rate in drug development and especially in the development of drugs for the central nervous system.
Reverse Medical Corporation today announced FDA clearance for US commercialization of their MVP-5 Micro Vascular Plug system for peripheral vessel embolization, and the first US clinical case. The MVP-5 system is indicated for use to obstruct or reduce the rate of blood flow in the peripheral vasculature, in vessels measuring between 3.0 and 5.0 mm.
Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about how health law advocates are developing new messaging strategies.
Foundation Medicine today announced new data from a pilot study demonstrating that its fully informative genomic profile for hematologic malignancies, FoundationOne Heme, identified both novel and previously reported clinically actionable genomic alterations in multiple myeloma cases. These data were presented in an oral presentation titled Pilot Study To Evaluate The Prevalence Of Actionable Oncogenic Mutations In Patients With Relapsed Refractory Multiple Myeloma (abstract number 755) by Alexander Lesokhin, M.D., medical oncologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, at the 55th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
As the price of health care increases, employers struggle to control costs and maintain employee health care benefits. One strategy increases the amount employees pay in deductibles or co-pays. With more money coming out of their pockets, information on the costs of care can help consumers make more informed health care purchasing decisions.
Today, Sanofi US launched its second Partners in Patient Health Innovation Challenge: Collaborate | Innovate, which will award $100,000 to the winning team. This year's theme is "Co-Creating for Breakthroughs: Moving toward a collaborative research and development ecosystem."